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What is 4-H Cloverbuds?

4-H Cloverbuds is an educational, youth development opportunity specifically for 5- and 6-year-old children. The 4-H Cloverbuds program is an optional 4-H program. 

Who can be a 4-H Cloverbud?

To be eligible to participate, a child must have celebrated his or her 5th or 6th birthday before January 1 of the current year. When a child reaches the age of eligibility for traditional 4-H programs (age 7 or older), the child and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) can decide whether to transition their child into 4-H club membership.

Can 4-H Cloverbuds select a 4-H project to complete?

No, 4-H Cloverbuds is activity-focused, meaning that 4-H Coverbuds participate in supervised, noncompetitive, and age-appropriate events and activities, rather than projects.

Why is the 4-H Cloverbuds Program activities-based rather than project-based?

Developmentally appropriate activities for 5- and 6-year-olds focus on processes that help a child begin building life skills, such as learning to learn and making friends. The curriculum for 4-H Cloverbuds is designed to help youth begin building a foundation of transferable skills that he or she will be able to apply to a variety of activities as they grow.

Are project records kept?

Projects are not part of the 4-H Cloverbuds curriculum, keeping a record book is not necessary.

Can 4-H Cloverbuds exhibit at the county fair and/or participate in shows and exhibitions?

4-H Cloverbuds are encouraged to showcase a product, poster or notebook of 4-H Cloverbuds activities. Suggested locations include noncompetitive show-and-tell-type displays at county fairs, libraries, schools, 4-H Parents’ Nights, 4-H Achievement Nights, churches, community festivals, parades, etc.

 

Goals for Kansas 4-H Cloverbuds

  • Self-understanding skills (Initiating independence and self-direction)
  • Social skills (Getting along with others)
  • Decision-making skills (Making positive choices)
  • Learning skills (Learning to learn)
  • Mastering physical skills (Enjoying constructive and creative play)

 Principles for Kansas 4-H Cloverbuds

  • Fun
  • Activity focused
  • Noncompetitive
  • Group-centered learning
  • Leader directed
  • Positive
  • Success oriented

Cloverbud & Family Resources

 

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